A Florida man who worked in a sugar factory for 31 years shot his boss after he was fired, authorities said.
Felix Cabrera, 86, of Belle Glade, asked the victim if he could continue working for another year for financial reasons, but he was not responsible, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
“Cabrera was upset, took the gun out of his pocket and shot the victim several times, killing him,” authorities said.
The identity of the victim has not been revealed, but the sheriff’s office said the person was an employee of sugar cane growers.
The producer told the Palm Beach Post in a statement that he was “horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence.”
“The victim was part of the family of sugar cane growers and we pray for the victim’s relatives, as well as for all members of our team and growers,” the statement said.
The cooperative consists of 44 small to medium-sized farms that grow sugar cane on about 70,000 acres in the Everglades agricultural area, according to its website. The cooperative produces more than 350,000 tons of raw sugar each year, which, once refined, is enough to meet the demand of more than 9 million people.
Cabrera was charged with first-degree premeditated murder and is being held without a connection. Online court records do not contain a lawyer for him.